Karen Armstrong

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Someone once called her the “runaway nun.” Karen Armstrong did abandon the Roman Catholic Society of the Holy Child Jesus in 1969 and went on to a career in academe and a period as a non-believer. Now she calls herself a “freelance monotheist,” and she’s one of the most prolific and popular writers on world religions. Her books tackle topics of breathtaking magnitude. In “A History of God,” she looks at the links that bind Judaism, Christianity and Islam, concluding that religion is a human impulse, an attempt to find meaning and value in life, despite the suffering that flesh is heir to.

Today, as part of our series on “Terror and the Transformation of America,” a conversation with Karen Armstrong on morality, mortality and transcendence


Karen Armstrong, author.